How hard do you work at your golf game? Do you spend hours honing specialty shots to lower your scores? I know I have and will continue to do so. Unfortunately, there are times when my efforts are undone because I allow bad habits from creeping into my game. It happens slowly until one day I am not hitting a specific shot as well as I have practiced. It makes me wonder what happened and fall into a fit of retrospection. Letting bad habits creep into our golf game will always cost us strokes in the long run.
There are many different hitting mistakes that can eek its way into my game. I try to remain vigilant, but sometimes my mind wanders and I make a successful poor mechanical swing. That is right, for some reason, my poor swing had great results. That is a part of golf for sure. The challenging part for me (I would imagine all golfers) is letting the bad habit (s) to persist and damage my overall game.
Right about now, you are likely looking for examples of poor habits that I try to avoid. The first is choosing the right club for the situation. Many of us automatically grab a club for distance regardless of the hazards and course conditions. We think that this a good way to play but in fact is a poor way to approach our round. I generally make this mistake when I am mentally focused on something other than playing golf. Sometimes it persists for a few rounds because I am playing okay, that is until a disastrous round shows up to warn me to pay attention.
Another example of allowing bad habits dominate my game is around the green. I usually pick the right club for the conditions of my ball; that is until I make a great chip with a wedge. Then suddenly, that wedge is in my regardless of the situation. Then I find myself adjusting all aspects of my mechanics to make that wedge fit the situation. I do this instead of changing clubs and keeping my mechanics consistent.
I could continue to give more examples, but I think you get the point. I will say in my own defense, that the bad habits do not last as long as in the past. This fortunate turn of events is a result of understanding my limitations and my swing mechanics. Additionally, I have honed my course management skills to a point where any lasting deviation from what should happen. My understanding of my game allows me to revert back a steady state of good play.
Golfing a sport that is really all about the long game. There are no quick fixes to playing great golf. For me, it is about building a foundation of good mechanics and refining them as I plod along on my journey. There is no room for bad habits and I will continue to remain on guard to keep them at bay!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!